Students Use Art to Celebrate Diversity
Recently, students read The Colors Of Us by Karen Katz. It’s a story about a young artist who learns that by mixing red, yellow, white, and black, she will have just the right shade of brown for all the people of the world. Based on that book, the first and second grade students sculpted clay “faces” and placed them on an artistic rendering of the world.
In the third and fourth grade Art classes, students studied the abstract portraits of Pablo Picasso, based on a collection of African tribal masks he kept in his studio, and then created their own self-portraits based on his work. Each student included an Andinkra symbol in their portrait to communicate a strength they have or a hope for the future.